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Name of the Author: RAUNAQUE SIDANA

Mobile Number: +91 93223 14124

Email Address: raunaques@yahoo.co.in

Location: MUMBAI

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YOGA THERAPY & PSYCHOLOGY The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness …and it is YOGA that helps us realise this BENEFIT….. Yoga as a healing practice dates back to the Vedic scriptures, as early as 3000 BC , where Yoga is described as a way to promote physical and mental well-being which are intimately intertwined in what’s known as the mind-body connection. Over the ages, Yoga with its proven enormous benefits has come to play a very noticeable and definitive part in helping people deal effectively not only with their physical but also with mental health issues such as Anxiety , Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to name a few. There is considerable Research that links the various Yoga Asanas and Yogic breathing techniques to increased release of the neurotransmitter Oxytocin, which is associated with improved interpersonal functioning, holding of yogic posture is believed to activate the parasympathetic nervous system via the vagus nerve. Regular increases in Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) activity are shown to significantly improve wellbeing, and symptoms of associated mental health problems. Thus, yoga therapy appears to be a viable complementary intervention approach for a range of mental health challenges and to help foster a mind body balance. TO EXPECT FROM YOGA THERAPY When a person decides to initiate yoga therapy, the therapist will first conduct an initial assessment. This assessment is designed to do the following: # Identify health problems # Assess lifestyle and physical capability # Discuss reasons for seeking therapy # Create a course of treatment Once the treatment plan is established in this first consultation, the frequency of sessions is agreed upon and sessions are scheduled. From this point, sessions will include the following components:

1. Breathing Exercises (Prayanama): The therapist will guide the person in therapy through a series of breathing exercises ranging from energizing breaths to balancing breaths.

2. Physical Postures (Asana): The therapist will teach the person in treatment appropriate yoga poses that address problem areas. For example, the “Legs Up the Wall” pose is used to treat things like anxiety and insomnia. In this pose, the person lays on his or her back with legs positioned up against the wall.

3. Meditation: Relaxation and mindfulness are the focus of meditation when it is combined with yoga poses.

4. Guided Imagery: The yoga therapist attempts to calm the body and mind by providing a guided visualization intended to bring inner peace.

5. Homework: An important element for any yoga practice is to find a way to incorporate it into daily life. Yoga therapists provide instructions on how to use what has been learned in treatment at home. Yoga Therapy with its proven benefits in achieving effective holistic living offers an encouraging future to a well balanced individual and society at large.


1. Attend Yoga classes : Before investing time and money into a Yoga career, make sure you like Yoga. Look up for Yoga classes in your area and start attending regularly in IYS® International Yoga School® registered by IYO® International Yoga Organisation®.

2. Establish yourself : Once you have started regularly Yoga classes, establish yourself in your local Yoga community, ask your IYT® International Yoga Teacher® for advice about how to get started.

3. Become a Certified IYT® International Yoga Teacher® : Yoga Teacher is the first stepping stone to become a Yoga Therapist. You need to apply for and complete at least 200 hrs of International Yoga Teacher Training and become IYT® International Yoga Teacher® from an International Yoga School® IYS® registered by International Yoga Organisation® IYO® . The specific certification you will earn depends on the teacher training hours you complete; # International Yoga Teacher® IYT® 200 hrs # International Yoga Teacher® IYT® 500 hrs # Experienced International Yoga Teacher® EIYT® 1500 hrs There are also speciality certifications you can choose to pursue from more than 30 IYT® International Yoga Teacher® Training Courses, including : IYT® Pre/Post Natal Yoga IYT® Kids Yoga IYT® Ayurveda Teacher IYT® Psychotherapy Teacher, etc.

4. Where will you get to work : As a Yoga therapist you can find work in a fitness center, health club, psychotherapy clinic, gym, etc. You can even start your own private classes

5. Start teaching : Once you become a certified International Yoga Teacher® IYT® it’s time to start teaching. Teaching is the best way to master your learned skills. MASTER RAUNAQUE SIDANA Experienced International Yoga Teacher® EIYT® 1500 hrs

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